Strategic Plan draft and summary

As you know, the Adult Education leadership has been working on a new strategic plan since early this year. We now have a rough draft of a strategic plan and are seeking broad input. Staff and students are being asked to provide feedback online, during staff meetings, or at center based open houses.

The attached Executive Summary of the draft plan is meant to provide you with an overview of the process, content, and context of the draft plan. Please take a look before you dig into the complete plan.

We ask that each of you find a way to engage with the plan and share any feedback you may have. You can:
1. Access the complete plan in the AE shared files (here) or on my blog on the PCC website and send any feedback you may have to your manager.
2. Attend a Strategic Plan open house at any of the centers. The schedule for those sessions is below:
a. El Rio – June 3rd, 8:00-9:30am, 12:00-1:30pm, 4:30-6:00pm
b. EPL – June 4th, 10:00am-2:30pm and 4:30-7:30pm
c. AES – June 3rd, 11:00am-3:00pm
d. 29th Street – June 3rd, 12:00-1:30pm and 3:00-4:30pm; and June 4th, 4:00-5:30pm

The purpose of a strategic plan is to provide direction for all stakeholders in a program as the program works to improve services to students. Your input and feedback are essential to the success of this plan, the program, our students.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


PCC Adult Education – Draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2017

Executive Summary

In January 2014, Adult Education leadership identified an opportunity to begin strategic planning with the goal of refining our focus under the direction of new leadership while taking into consideration the mandates and expectations from federal funders and state leadership. These expectations include curriculum alignment to the College and Career Readiness standards, technology integration, seamless transitions, hybrid learning, and structured career pathways.

We began by revisiting the vision, mission, and statements of responsibility that were written when we first came to the College. We wanted to be sure to maintain our strong foundation as a student centered program. To inform the new plan, we utilized the Appreciative Inquiry process which included interviewing over 60 students, staff, instructors, and collaborators, to identify our unique strengths and values. (Click here for more information about Appreciative Inquiry)

We now have a rough draft of a strategic plan and are seeking broad input. Staff and students are being asked to provide feedback online, during staff meetings, or at center based open houses.

Adult Education Strategic Plan – draft (May/June 2014):

Below is an outline which highlights key components of the draft of the Adult Education Strategic Plan.

The draft of the Adult Education Strategic Plan is aligned with the current draft of the PCC Strategic Plan. See below for alignment to the PCC Strategic Directions (Click here to view PCC Strategic Plan.)

Teaching & Learning (PCC Strategic Directions: 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6)

We sustain participatory, learner center instruction and programming which acknowledges the needs, abilities, and potential of learners (learners means everyone)

  • Integrating CCR, technology, and civics into the curriculum
  • Investing in Professional Learning
  • Strengthening teaching
  • Offering classes that students need

Community Collaboration (PCC Strategic Directions: 2, 3, & 4)

We collaborate with community organization to strengthen educational opportunities in response to students and community needs

  • Seek opportunities to do joint grant writing
  • Strengthen relationships with current partners
  • Seek and develop new partnerships to fill any current gaps
  • Engage in career and resource fairs

Seamless Integration (PCC Strategic Directions: 1, 2, & 6)

We have seamless pathways for adult education students to integrate into academic or occupational credit program at PCC

  • Strengthen relationship and communication with PCC Student Services
  • Advance instructor and staff knowledge of credit programming
  • Develop pathways for students such as bridge classes and IBEST

Mission Statement:    

Delivering outstanding education that empowers and inspires adults to:

  • improve basic skills in reading, writing, math, and English
  • bridge to higher education, workforce, or career advancement
  • enrich their families and the community
  • transform lives


An educated and engaged community where all adults reach their full potential



We honor the perspectives, abilities, and contributions of everyone.


We foster an environment where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.


We examine and question our own systems and assumptions.


We nurture an environment for creative capacity to make change and find  solutions.


We engage in frequent reflection and seek learning opportunities.


We expect high quality teaching and learning for everyone.


We are accountable for our actions and mindful of their influence on others.


Statement of Responsibilities:

We are accountable to our students, our colleagues, our community, and ourselves to:

  • Acknowledge and build on the experience and wisdom of each individual learner for success within and beyond the classroom
  • Provide relevant, flexible programming that is responsive to individual learners and community needs
  • Plan, implement and evaluate programming based on multiple data sources to ensure student achievement and continuous improvement
  • Provide opportunities for personal growth and engagement through civic education and leadership development.
  • Ensure a flexible, respectful, supportive workplace
  • Engage with all college programs and resources to support and benefit all students
  • Provide ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities
  • Communicate with and seek input from the community
  • Pursue funding sources that align with our Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Maintain high expectations for ourselves, our students and our partners

Team Members:

Kathy Budway, Elva De La Torre, Evan Goldberg, Masha Gromyko, Adam Hostetter, Chelsea James, Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, Dan Lantz-Leppert, Jim Lipson, Anne Petti, MaryAnn Phininzy, Laura Porfirio, Cecilia Ramirez, Wendy Scheder-Black, Karen Smith, Regina Suitt, Micki Ulrich, and Jessica Dilworth (consultant).




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